Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez are no longer tag team partners or even friends. In what the NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez thought would be a challenge for someone to step up to the plate, she did not expect her partner to be that person.
On this week’s NXT, Gonzalez along with Kai made their way to the ring to address the brand’s women division. Gonzalez took some time to gloat that she has already gone through some of the toughest competitors since becoming champion including Xia Li which she took out last week. Kai then continued to help boost up the champ’s ego by saying that she has defeated former champions: Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, and Ember Moon. She says that the NXT division is one of the greatest due to one woman.
Kai then addressed the locker room asking who is woman enough to challenge Raquel. Just as she expected, no one answered the challenge. Kai adds that there is no one that can challenge Gonzalez and as long as she has the back of the champion the belt stays put. Well, Kai no longer has her back.
As Gonzalez was boasting on the top turnbuckle, Kai was waiting to strike and she did just that with a running kick to the head of the champion. As the crowd chanted “Dakota” she held the title above the champ before laying it on top of her. Kai then made her way to the ramp as Raquel was seething in the ring.
The next NXT TakeOver event, TakeOver 36, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 22. Although not confirmed at this time, Gonzalez may be finding herself across the ring from Kai at that event.
Also on this week’s NXT, Franky Monet is dealt her first loss as she and Jessi Kamea lost to Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter. Catanzaro hit the 450 to put away Monet. The Robert Stone Brand continues their losing way even with Monet replacing Aliyah.
Mandy Rose who returned to the NXT brand a few weeks back has been seen scouting talent. Two women who she has been watching appear to now be joining her and they are Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin.
The future of InDex may be in danger as a match that is pending will see Johnny Gargano facing Dexter Lumis. If Dexter wins then The Way needs to give him a chance to date Indi Hartwell. However, if Gargano wins then Hartwell has to be done with Lumis.
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